Jump to content
DVDVR Message Board
Cobra Commander

Joan "Chyna" Laurer (1970-2016)

Recommended Posts

degenerationx2.jpg 

Oddly enough, Rude also passed away on April 20th. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very sad to hear, she seemed to be doing better lately. Great memorable part of WWE for many years for sure. Enjoyed her later IC title stuff and having the special bazooka entrance then being the dominant women's champ until she left. RIP Chyna

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah as far as the Attitude Era goes I'd have her below the big 4 (Austin, Taker, Rock, Foley) but maybe no lower than 5th far as overall impact

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not a shock at all, but still sad that she couldn't get things together. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
15 minutes ago, The Green Meanie said:

I'm interested to see the E's reaction to this. Specifically, Hunter's.

If it's anything like Stephanie's on Twitter, it'll be aloof and corporate.

Reading what Meanie had to say was a complete gut-punch. Man, this really sucks.

RIP Chyna

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I hate to say this one isn't much of a shock but I doubt it really is to anybody who has followed her post WWE "career." Still a sad story as has been mentioned she was undeniably one of the top attractions of the Attitude Era. Hell, you could argue HHH might've floundered for 2-3 extra years if not for the heat she brought him. Yes, I bought her Playboy and yes I enjoyed the majority of her Attitude Era angles. Her appearance in the Rumble where Austin pitched her out was one of my favorite "gimmick" participants ever. 

Its a real shame she never lived long enough to be inducted into the HoF. Outside Moolah, I can't think of a single female who deserved it more than her. I hope Austin keeps that cause alive.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On my Twitter feed right now, #RIPChyna is the top trend. The trend list is bookended by Eddie Guerrero.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very sad what happened to her. She was on top of the world at one point, had her life ruined and never seemed to recover.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No matter what happened past her time in wrestling, it's clear to say that women's wrestling would not have been the same without Chyna's impact. Just being the first woman on a national scale to actually be sold as being able to do intergender matches and thrive at it alone has led to a huge impact on the industry today (and no matter which side of the debate you're on for "should intergender matches happen?", it is a big part of that.) 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm honestly sad she never got another run somewhere else (be it Japan or TNA). She was a big enough star that she deserved a second chance at success after everything that happened to her. She was certainly more than just all the trainwreck stuff. I honestly thought she had gotten her life together in recently time. Sure she was still doing wacky weird comedy on youtube (but who doesn't these days).

Sable brought back Women's wrestling in the WWF/E, but Chyna pushed it into the next level. Had she not taken off we would had never gotten the era we did with the likes of Trish, Lita and so many others. I can only hope she's at peace now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If we are talking best moments - I remember she had a handicap match against Brisco and Patterson.

She wipes the floor with both and out of desperation one of them (I think Brisco) goes for a low blow, which she totally no sells. The puzzled look she gives the audience is priceless and then the Stooges just break down in tears realizing she has no weakness. Just great little moments.

EDIT - Found it!

https://m.youtube.com/results?q=chyna%20vs%20patterson%20and%20brisco&sm=3

  • Like 8

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sad news.  I hope she is at peace now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not a surprise but a shame. People want to talk about your women's wrestling revolution now, but she's the big bang of that IMO (and I don't mean in regard to work or star matches but in regard to prominence and respectability) and I think it's a shame that that legacy was never afforded her and her role in the Attitude era has never really been given the credit it was due

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In a business that we can all agree beyond all shadow of a doubt is a literal meat grinder, this one... this one really sucks. Never liked her as a worker (and was never interested in her as a sex worker, either) but as a human being, her troubles were something many of us have experienced first-hand from either ourselves or from people close to us. I always hoped she could get it together because she seemed like a warm and wonderful person beyond the stupidity this world dumped in her lap to deal with. 

RIP Laurie

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Weird part was I was just listening to the we watch wrestling podcast on mania 17 and they were just reviewingreviewing Chyna vs ivory.

 

The bit with her I remember was when she was with Eddy and they were teasing she was going to kick him to the curb and he ends up giving her a puppy and getting a temporary reprieve.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow. This is so sad. I was just watching a recent interview of hers and she seemed in a much better place so I assumed that things were going good for her. I was never a huge fan of her work but always empathized with what she was going through and kept rooting for her to get better. RIP 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

After seeing that Balls Mahoney had died I was thinking about how it seemed like the horrifying rate of pro wrestlers dying in their 40s & 50s had seemed to slow down from what it was 10 years ago. Now I look back & even though I don't really believe in "jinxing" or something like that I do regret that thought.

Horrible for her family and friends.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Chyna me that have been the biggest victim of WCW being bought out as she was blackballed from WWE and had nowhere else to work because she was so ahead of her time. I know she made her own choices in life but man were there a lot of outside forces against her

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 minutes ago, Brysynner said:

Chyna me that have been the biggest victim of WCW being bought out as she was blackballed from WWE and had nowhere else to work because she was so ahead of her time. I know she made her own choices in life but man were there a lot of outside forces against her

She went to NJPW and probably could have done TNA early on if she tried.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

She actually did do TNA for a PPV but I don't think it was one that both sides want to remember

I guess we know who the female for next year's WWE hall of fame is.   And certainly deserved it as she was easily the 3rd most important person in that group. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No matter what she became after WWF- she was a huge part of the Attitude era and a huge reason why DX was so popular in my house.

Her impression of the Bossman during the DX skits always had me in stitches.

RIP

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...